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  • McHenry County Youth Orchestra commemorates 35 years of inspiring young musicians, community

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Conductor Terry Foster motioned his baton as he guided the symphony ensemble through “Night on Bald Mountain,” emphasizing rhythmic pre ...
    Oct. 18, 2014 - 11:12 pm
  • Crystal Lake resident seeks meat-cutter title

    There’s an art to cutting meat, and Gene Provenzano of Crystal Lake spends eight hours a day in a 35-degree freezer to master it.
    Oct. 18, 2014 - 11:14 pm
  • MCDH: Health department monitoring Ebola

    The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history. It is larger then every previous outbreak combined.
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 4:56 pm
  • Atwater: Identity theft tests serenity

    Let’s see if I can pass the serenity test. I woke up this morning to find that my identity had been “borrowed.”
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 4:56 pm
  • ‘Fury’ heavy-handed in take on WWII

    The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama “Fury” begins immediately. A lone horseman approaches on the grim h ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 12:08 am
  • Country star Jo Dee Messina brings feistiness, tour to Crystal Lake

    There’s little doubt fans of country superstar Jo Dee Messina will enjoy her new album. That’s because they picked every song on it.
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 12:35 am
  • Pumpkin has a place beyond Thanksgiving pie

    Let’s talk about one of the season’s most iconic vegetables – canned pumpkin.Yes, canned, because th ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:57 pm
  • Why make your own chicken stock? Because it rocks!

    Why bother making chicken stock at home when there are so many respectable versions at the supermarket? Because the stock you pour out of a can or a b ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • Recipe of the Week: Apple Walnut Cake

    For the filling:1 can apple pie filling2 cups flour1 cup sugar1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon s ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 4:21 pm
  • Video filmed at Huntley High School goes viral, launches The Anima Series for Christian artists

    When Lake in the Hills native Jon Jorgenson and a couple of his friends met in an empty Huntley High School auditorium to record a video presentation ...
    Oct. 12, 2014 - 11:55 pm
  • Cary native Linda Gregerson named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences for poetry

    Linda Gregerson is truly a woman of her words. A woman with many names: poet, writer, professor, Gregerson has spent the past 40 years building her ar ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 5:20 pm
  • TV's 'Beekman Boys’ coming to Woodstock

    WOODSTOCK – To Brent Ridge and Josh Kilner-Purcell, the American dream came by way of 60 acres and 80 goats.
    Oct. 12, 2014 - 11:38 pm
  • Woodstock choir members recruited at community sing nights

    Cassandra Vohs-Demann is all about getting people singing, whether for only a night or as part of a new community choir.
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 9:58 am
  • Halloween happenings in McHenry County

    The following events are taking place for Halloween in the area. To list your event, visit
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 12:20 am
  • ‘Alexander’ snappy, benign comedy

    Given its premise, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” could have been a lot more horrible and no good than it is. In fact, ...
    Oct. 8, 2014 - 11:33 pm
  • Strange plant, fun ‘Little Shop’

    A comedy horror rock musical in October that doesn’t involve the “Time Warp.” Music by the duo that crafted Disney musicals “Beauty and the Beast,” “A ...
    Oct. 8, 2014 - 11:28 pm
  • Woodstock choir members recruited at community sing nights

    Cassandra Vohs-Demann is all about getting people singing, whether for only a night or as part of a new community choir.
    Oct. 8, 2014 - 11:28 pm
  • Recording artist Athena to perform in Crystal Lake

    After moving to McHenry County a few years back, Athena Perez toured the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake and saw the Listening Room before it was finishe ...
    Oct. 8, 2014 - 11:27 pm
  • Escape rut with 10 fresh recipes

    Pasta tends to be a dinnertime trap.We get it. Feeding your family on a busy weeknight requires the ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 11:44 pm
  • Spring Grove Horse Show helps riders showcase skills, gain confidence

    Just before entering the show arena, Aimee Kirby smiles down at her horse, Bandit, giving him a gentle pat.
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 6:02 pm
  • Two families affected by domestic violence unite for common cause

    Hope. Don’t let fear control your life. During this year’s “Will County Take Back the Night” rally O ...
    Oct. 6, 2014 - 12:34 pm
  • Bull Valley resident's pumpkins raise breast cancer awareness

    Mary Moltmann is trying to raise breast cancer awareness one pumpkin at a time. In support of Breast ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 5:58 pm
  • 'Gone Girl' delicious suburban noir

    The predominant image throughout David Fincher’s films, from the uncovered horrors of “Se7en” to the Machiavellian maneuverings of “House of Cards,” h ...
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 3:28 pm
  • Moving story, simply told, in ‘The Good Lie’

    The movie poster for “The Good Lie” features a smiling Reese Witherspoon, front and center. But, truth be told, neither Witherspoon nor her character ...
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 3:21 pm
  • Svengoolie to visit Volo Auto Museum

    VOLO – Trademark top hat. Fright wig and goatee. Black as ink circles ’round smiling eyes. Oh, and ready to duck a flying rubber chicken at a moment’s ...
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 3:19 pm
  • Algonquin native’s film to be screened at Raue

    The place where Kurt Larson fell in love with movies as a child will be screening his independent film.
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 12:18 am
  • Raue Center for the Arts Announces New Sage Studio Courses to Appeal to Broader Interests

    Raue Center for the Arts has joined its educational theater program, Sage Studio, with its educational outreach program, Mission Imagination (MI), to ...
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 2:33 pm
  • Pasta dish is worth breaking through artichoke’s armor

    Artichokes are the armadillos of the vegetable kingdom.There is a tender and succulent heart at the ...
    Sept. 30, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Margarita Squares

    Strawberry Margarita Squares12 servings1 1/4 cup pretzels, crushed1/4 cup melted butter14 ounces swe ...
    Sept. 30, 2014 - 4:49 pm
  • Atwater:

    If you drink or drug heavily enough, long enough, steadily enough, or if you just have alcoholism out of the gate, your thinking is, well, unusual.
    Sept. 28, 2014 - 5:30 am
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